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92 TEXAS NATURE OBSERVATIONS AND REMINISCENCES.
come to Texas to remain here
over winter in the forest thickets
or bushes of the prairie, in gardens,
hedges and yards of inhabited
places. A majority however, re-
main permanently here in Western
Texas, even if the weather condi-
tions are very unfavorable for
other bird species to remain here
and during ice cold northers they
are encountered out in the
prairie conjointly with the bush
figs and grap)es are grmwn, and
in some places the owners were
compelled to resort to exterminate
them. As a rule. though, the
mocking b)irdt should . all Ieans
be protected, as besides their )bril-
liant songs they destroy iimmiense
quantities of injurious insects, such
as beetles, spiders, grasshoppers,
ants, caterpillars anld worm is, etc.
In San Antonio there is hardly
any other bird sl)ecie oftener
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sparrow, field larks, black birds;
the red bird. woodpecker, scissor-
tail bird, wren and others. During
such cold winter miontihs they
often gather in the yard and
even fly to the windows in search
of food and protection. I)uring
summer time our mocking bird is
a welcomed guest of our gardens
and fields, etc.. but sometimes
they are also very molesting to
such gardens and gardeners where
seen thali our mIIockin, bird., due
mostly to the muanmi fine gardens
and public parks and( the lrot(ec(tion
they receive eSpecially during the
i)breed ing tine. In former years'
and even today, some of our
Mexican >population gathered quite
a large number of mocking birds
or "chilchontes"' as the Mexican
calls them, during breeding time
for the market, a1(1 as a rule.
they take m.uclh care in rearing
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Menger, R. Texas Nature Observations and Reminiscenses, book, 1913; San Antonio, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143558/m1/96/?q=menger: accessed September 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.